Extraordinary Ministers assist the Ordinary Ministers (bishops, priests and deacons) in administering Holy Communion at Mass when there is a large number of communicants, and allow for a more frequent, even daily, administration of Holy Communion outside of the Mass to those who are homebound or in neighboring skilled care facilities.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion must:
- Be practicing Catholics distinguished in their Christian life, faith, and morals
- Be at least 19 years old
- Have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
- Demonstrate a deep reverence for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist
- Be active, registered members of Sacred Heart Church
- If married, be in a valid Catholic marriage
Ministers of Holy Communion must be able to minister to the sick and the aged in a compassionate and understanding manner, always conscious of the serious obligation to respect the confidence of those to whom they minister. All candidates, even those commissioned for other dioceses, must attend an Archdiocesan training session before being commissioned for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are assigned and serve according to a published schedule.
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